Gifts for Marathon Runners

Gift Guide 2024 | Fleet Feet

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It's the little things that can make a big difference when you’re running 26.2 miles (or more). So if you’re shopping for a runner in your life who is training to go the distance, there are plenty of gift ideas they’ll be stoked to unwrap.

To help you find the perfect gift for your marathoner, our team of Fleet Feet editors rounded up our favorite gear that we rarely leave the house without. From open-ear Bluetooth headphones to race-day split shorts with flare, these gifts will have your runner excited to put in the miles.

If the items on this list don’t jump out at you, check out our full gift guide for runners with more than 100 gift ideas that will knock their running socks off.

This article is part of our 2024 Gift Guide for Runners. See all the best gifts for runners by price, category and more. Can’t make up your mind? No worries. Check out our gift cards for a gift that keeps on giving.

A laydown of the gifts for marathoners on deep teal
Gifts for Marathon
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Balega Blister Resist No Show Socks

$20
Runners are one of the few people who will actually appreciate opening a pair of socks. The Balega Blister Resist No Show Socks are perfect for long-distance runners to wear year-round. They use mohair wool and Balega’s signature Drynamix® that will keep their feet dry, warm and blister-free as they put in the miles.
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Maurten Gel 100

$4.50
Distance runners need extra fuel during their long runs. In our Maurten Gel review, our testers loved this energy gel because it’s easy on the stomach and doesn’t have a sugary aftertaste. This top energy gel used by pros is a great way to punch up your gift-giving or add as a stocking stuffer.
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Nathan Neutron Fire RX

$55

At some point in their training, marathon runners will probably be out before the sun rises or after it goes down. Give them one of the best running headlamps to light their way with the Nathan Neutron Fire RX.

This running-specific headlamp gives out 200 lumens of light and the head strap is made of reflective materials, so they can see where they are going and others can see them too. Plus, it is lightweight, doesn’t bounce and has a rechargeable battery.

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Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Rechargeable Vest

$60

This is one of the best reflective vests for running because it’s a sleek and lightweight way to make sure drivers and other road users can see you when you’re running in the dark.

It gives 360-degree LED illumination and is USB-rechargeable, letting them shine bright all run long. Plus, it is lightweight and adjustable so they can throw it on over any clothing and forget that it is even there.

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Body Glide

$11
When someone runs a lot it can cause uncomfortable rubbing and chafing in areas like the inner thigh or heel. Your runner will thank you for the gift of Body Glide, which is a sweat and water-resistant balm that prevents chafing and keeps them running strong. It makes a good stocking stuffer, too.
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Craft Hybrid Weather Glove

$40
If your runner has been tucking their hands into their sleeves during cold-weather runs, these 2-in-1 gloves will be a hit. They come with wind and waterproof cover that transforms them into mittens. Plus, the fingers are touch-screen compatible, so your runner can answer that text or call from you without taking them off.
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Garmin Forerunner 265

$450

It is hard to know how to improve unless they have something to keep track of their runs. The Garmin Forerunner 265 gives them the pace, distance, route and more for every run (along with 30+ other activities). This GPS Smartwatch comes with an AMOLED touchscreen display to make it easy to see all of their running stats at a glance. And with Garmin’s Training Readiness Score, they can calculate their sleep, recovery time, heart rate and stress to analyze how prepared they are for a tough training session.

Plus, it has a safety tracking feature that shares their exact location with friends and family so you can track their progress during their race or long training run.

Gifts for Marathon
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CEP The Run Compression Tall Socks 4.0

$60
CEP The Run Compression Tall Socks 4.0 are like hugs for their tired legs. These socks have accurate, graduated compression that helps improve blood flow and remove lactic acid so they can run longer and recover quicker. We love these compression socks because they feel energizing when you wear them during runs and refreshing when you slide them on after a grueling race.
Gifts for Marathon
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Hyperice Hypervolt GO 2

$129

Marathon runners are always sore from training. This small and compact percussion massager is the perfect gift for any runner on the go. It’s easy to travel with and comes with two different massage attachments to help relieve muscle soreness and stiffness, improve range of motion, promote circulation, and accelerate warmup and recovery. Your runner will be thanking you again and again for gifting them the Hyperice Hypervolt GO 2.

Watch: Hyperice Hypervolt Massage Tricks with Karissa Schweizer

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OOFOS OOahh Sport Flex Sandals

$60 - $80
There is nothing better than sliding into these sandals after pounding the pavement for a few hours. OOahh Sport Flex Sandals absorb 37% more impact than standard cushioning and have a unique footbed that cradles the arches and takes stress off of the joints to give the most comfort. Plus, the adjustable straps will let them dial in the perfect fit.
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ChicknLegs Split Shorts

$35
When race day comes, it’s time to pull out the split shorts. ChicknLegs shorts come in fun and wild patterns that will liven up any race or run. Don’t be fooled though, these running shorts can hang with the best of them.
Gifts for Marathon
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Sprints Hat

$32
A comfortable hat to train and race in is key for marathoners. Sprints Running Hats and winter hats use cool designs and performance fabrics for a fun gift that runners can use for daily training, race-day outfits and post-race celebrations. Adjustable for most head sizes, these hats combine lightweight, moisture-wicking polyester fabrics with strategically placed mesh inserts to quickly vent heat on the run.
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Normatec Go

$399
You can’t give your runner a professional massage after every run, but you can give Normatec Go. These are specifically designed for the calves and use dynamic air compression to increase circulation, improve mobility, revive muscles and reduce swelling in the legs. Plus, use them anywhere—gym, couch, hotel, office and more.
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rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve

$48
Runners can never have too many shirts to train in. We love gifting the rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve because of its tailored fit and buttery-smooth fabric that dries fast and feels amazing against the skin. Help your runner fend off laundry day by grabbing them a few of these shirts in different colors.
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New Balance Heat Grid Half Zip

$90
When you have the right clothing, going for a run in cold-weather doesn’t seem so bad. The New Balance Heat Grid Half Zip is the perfect layering piece for those chilly morning walks and winter runs. It’s made for athletic movement so it doesn’t feel too baggy, and it does a great job of wicking away moisture to prevent that damp feeling once you start to sweat. It doesn’t hurt that this half zip looks good no matter what they’re wearing it for.
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Craft ADV Essence Hydro Jacket

$160
The weather doesn’t plan around your runner’s marathon training, but with the Craft ADV Essence Hydro Jacket, it won’t matter if it rains. This lightweight and breathable jacket feels like an invisible barrier against the elements thanks to its waterproof fabric and adjustable hood. Plus, it has reflective details to help your runner stand out when visibility is low.
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Brooks Heritage Pom Beanie

$28
You’ll find plenty of runners wearing pom beanies at your local running club during the winter. The Brooks Heritage Pom Beanie has just the right amount of warmth thanks to its sweat-wicking and breathable materials, and its retro-style comes in plenty of cool designs that make it easy to pick out the perfect one for your winter runner or walker.
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FlipBelt Zipper

$39
Runners swear by the FlipBelt Zipper and for good reason. When you’re running long distances, this running belt is a comfortable and bounce-free way to carry your phone, wallet, keys and other essentials. It’s also great for traveling, hiking or walking around the marathon expo.
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Shokz OpenFit Headphones

$180
The mind can wander during long runs. Shokz OpenFit Headphones are a great way to listen to your favorite music, audiobooks or podcasts as you train. The two earbuds wrap around your ear and use bone conduction to deliver premium Bluetooth audio while still allowing you to hear the world around you.
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Fleet Feet Gift Card

Any runner can always use a gift card to Fleet Feet. These can be used both online or at any of the approximately 250 Fleet Feet retail locations, where they can experience our Fit Process that utilizes 3D fit id® foot scanning technology to find the perfect shoe for them.

Why You Should Trust Us

At Fleet Feet one of our core values is that it is a privilege to serve. We take the thought of giving you advice and guiding you to pick out the perfect gift for the runner in your life very seriously and are honored that you chose to read this. Fleet Feet is the No. 1 run specialty store in the country. We serve more than 3 million customers across 250+ locations annually and have completed more than 5 million 3D foot scans (and counting) of different runners and walkers’ feet. Our goal is to help every customer find the correct shoes, apparel and gear for their goals.

We don’t just sell shoes and gear, we run, walk and hike with you in those shoes. We have had hundreds of thousands of runners and walkers participate in our training programs, community runs and events every year. We have locations all over the country running in the snow, desert and everything in between.

We take our sales data and talk with the different shoe companies, designers and our network of runners, walkers and hikers to cultivate this list of the best gifts for marathon runners. We also review shoes and gear ourselves to provide you with the best information possible when making these guides. We update this guide regularly to make sure you have the latest information possible to make the best decision for you when it comes to giving your loved one a gift.

How We Picked the Best Gifts

With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running (and gifting). What makes the perfect gift for a runner comes down to the personal experience, goals, preferences and style of that runner. We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best gifts. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations. Plus, as people who live and breathe running, we know what we would like to unwrap ourselves.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We picked the best gifts based on what we think will work for the most people in most situations. If you buy a gift from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund.

Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.